Novak Djokovic: 'I think limits are only an illusion of...'

“I think borders are just an illusion of…”

Fitness coach Gebhard Gritsch said he traveled with Novak Djokovic for 40 weeks a year but was glad he had the opportunity to work with one of the greatest tennis players of all time. Gritsch worked with Djokovic between 2009 and 2017, the time when Djokovic became Grand Slam champion and number 1.

“On average, I was on tour with Novak for 40 weeks a year, an incredibly intense time,” Gritsch recalled in his interview with Sport Tirol quoted on Gritsch immediately noticed Djokovic’s very special physique.

“The way he moves, he can still control the ball where others would have lost their balance, that’s all great, it was so much fun,” said Gritsch. Djokovic’s first major season came in 2011 when he won three Grand Slams and rose to No. 1 in the rankings for the first time in his career.

“I took this great opportunity to work with a great tennis player. When I started, Djokovic was number three,” says Gritsch. “My first task was to get him in top physical shape. The big break came in 2011 when he defeated Federer and Nadal – it’s impressive how long his streak lasted.

Especially when you know how difficult it is to become number one and then stay there.” Djokovic fired Gritsch in 2017, but brought the fitness trainer back into his team a year later. In 2019, however, the two finally parted ways.

“The split came after his win at the 2016 French Open in Paris. There Novak had won all four Grand Slam tournaments with his final victory over Andy Murray and thus achieved one last big goal for this time up and look back, a huge load falls off your shoulders.

And suddenly the air ran out, ”explained Gritsch.

Djokovic on the longevity of his tennis career

Novak Djokovic issued a letter of intent expressing that he still has a lot to achieve as a tennis player. “I still have a lot to do here in this sport,” said Djokovic.

“I think I can win more Slams and break the record for longest No.1. Those are definitely my clear goals.” He further emphasized that it will take a lot of work on his part, both professionally and personally, to make this a reality.

“I don’t believe in borders,” said the Serb. “I think boundaries are just an illusion of your ego or your mind. I definitely want to go long, but I know that at the same time I need to maintain the right principles and routine to maintain the health and well-being of beings Body, mind and soul. Everything has to work in synergy and harmony with my family, my personal life.”

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